Father and Son Reunion

For more than 23 years, Roland Rush Sr. and his son Roland Jr. worked together at their company, Roland Rush Trucking. They were also neighbors, living on adjoining streets. They shared a name, a business, and a neighborhood, but they didn’t share a religion. Roland Jr. was Catholic; his father was not.

Roland Jr

When Roland Jr. died in 1986 at age 50, he was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Roland Sr and Jr

Though religious differences meant Roland Sr. couldn’t be buried near his son in St. John’s Cemetery, he did find a way to remain close. After his son’s death he bought a plot in Varney Cemetery on the other side of the chain link fence between the two cemeteries. He was buried there in 1998 when he died at age 85.

The first photo of the back-to-back headstones above shows Roland Sr.’s pink granite marker peaking out at the righthand edge of Roland Jr.’s larger and darker stone. The second photo shows the reverse perspective, with the son’s stone behind the father’s.

Father and son, reunited.

Varney Cemetery Tour: Join me Sunday, June 22nd, 2014, at 1 p.m. for a Pejepscot Historical Society History Walking Tour. I’ll share stories of the families who lived and worked in this area and are buried in Varney Cemetery, including The Unvarnished Truth About the Varney Sisters, The Family Man, and The Land of the Freemans — The Land of the Brave.

The tour is free for PHS members, $5 for non-members. Limited to 20 participants. FMI: http://pejepscothistorical.org/events. To register: (207)729-6606.

Next Blog in two weeks: Killed in Defense of His Daughter.


  • Robert Ormsby interview, 2014
  • Times Record, April 3, 1986
  • Times Record, Aug. 2, 1998

About Barbara Desmarais

Writer and amateur historian
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